Aims and Projects

Aim high and plan properly

Now that the Silver and Gold Qualifying expeditions are on the horizon, people are starting to think about their aim, so we are repeating this post.

Every Qualifying Expedition must have an aim, usually some sort of project involving all members of the group. 

Note, too, that every group at Silver and Gold has to prepare and deliver a Presentation about their expedition, which is usually linked to the aim, so it is worth choosing something interesting, and agreeing how you can make sure you will have the photos etc for the presentation.

Notes

  • Study in advance helps – online, or leaders can provide a course on plants, trees and birds.
  • Advance preparation using suitable maps can make the activity much more productive.
  • Many topics lend themselves to recording by photo/video.
  • A number of topics lend themselves to marking up observations on maps.
  • Each member can focus on a specialist task within an overall topic:
    • e.g. Trees; Birds; Plants; Photos; Notes; Recording on map …
     

Some ideas others have used

Topic for Aim

Topic area

B

S

G

Land use

Geography

B

S

G

Weather observations

Geography

B

S

G

Impact of tourism

Geography

B

S

G

Farming

Geography

B

S

G

Landforms

Geology/Geography


S

G

Glaciation features

Geology/Geography


S

G

Find and record interesting rocks

Geology/Activity

B



Wildlife

Nature/Biology

B

S

G

Trees

Nature/Biology

B

S

G

Plants

Nature/Biology

B

S

G

Pollution levels

Nature/Biology


S

G

Energy input/output

Biology



G

Group dynamics

Group


S

G

M/F dynamics within group

Group



G

Learn about each other

Group

B

S

G

Effect of being off-grid

Group



G

Learn a skill from one member (eg a language)

Group



G

Supporting member(s) with additional needs

Group

B

S

G

Record detailed timings for legs of route, with observations

Group

B

S


Take photos at agreed points and make observations based on a topic: land, nature, weather …

Research

B

S

G

Video of Expedition

Media

B

S

G

Photo record

Media

B

S

G

Diary/blog

Media/Personal

B

S

G

Poetry/song record

Media/Personal

B

S

G

Sketches record

Media


S

G

Multimedia record

Media

B

S

G

History of area

History

B

S

G

Compare historic maps

History/Geography


S

G

Place names (Gaelic etc)

History/Geography


S

G

Religious/supernatural links

History

B

S

G

Geocaching

Activity

B

S

G

Alphabet observation

Activity

B



Litter – mapping, collecting

Activity

B



Map erosion on tracks

Activity

B



Take photos of group at different points and map location of photos

Activity/Media

B



Taking selfies as a group at main waypoints to create a collage of our expedition journey

Activity/Media

B



Researching named features, notices, plaques … Perhaps part of a topic.

Activity

B

S